Monday, May 14, 2012

mark. look contest!

We had a contest in my mark. team's facebook group to recreate a beauty look you find online using only mark. products! 2 fabulous entries later, we need help choosing the winner, who will score this awesome prize package!

Here are the entries!

Nikki's Look

I used min a real buff- powder buff natural- please hold eye primer- get bright light- good riddance- brow factor- on the dot- and silver superflip-lash all you want black- and lipclick cha cha. For the eyeliner I used corset wet on a eyeliner brush and touch & glow for blush.

Kristina's Look

Get A Tint Tinted Moisturizer Lotion: Ivory/Nude
Save The Day Anti-Acne Concealer Stick: Ivory/Nude
Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder: Very Light

Get in Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner: Painted Black
I-mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow: Tiki & Biscotti [Tiki: eye lid & Biscotti: browbone/inner corner & over the purple to help lighten it a bit]
Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush: After Glo [as a base for the purple to help lighten it up a bit]
Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow: Industria [purple shade for the under eye, a bit of the charcoal color for the inner quarter of the lid on top of Tiki to darken it a bit in those spots]
Lash Splash Waterproof Mascara: Black [many, many coats... and it could have used more]

If I had these products, it could have been more accurate:
Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara: Black
No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner: Jet Set
I-mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow: Violet Ink, Lotus, & Mystical

Please help us out and vote in the poll! You'll find it at the top of the side bar ------>
(above followers & blog archive)
because I couldn't figure out how to embed it in the post :/  haha.
The poll ends on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:59 pm central time!

Special thanks to Nikki & Kristina for entering the contest, and good luck to both of them!

If you'd like to participate in contests like this, consider joining my mark. team!
Still only $20+ tax to become a mark. rep, for a limited time!
Go to and use referral code 138 so I can help you get started!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

if you were stranded on a deserted island...

...what beauty items would you want with you?

I kept remembering this classic pageant-girl question these past few weeks, as we moved house and I didn't have my full collection of beauty supplies right at hand! Although I'm a little at a loss as to why you'd need beauty items on a deserted island, I definitely was glad to have a few of my faves during the move, so I thought this would be a cute post idea!

My favorite products were among the last items to be moved, and I made sure they were in my purse or a small box that went with me in my car, much like the tip I received from another mom to help my kids with the move: giving them a backpack or box to put their most important items in so that they would never be without them even during the confusion of a move!

Here are the items I've been reliant upon to make myself still feel human while dealing with the move!

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
I think this spray was under $5 at Walmart, and I really love it! It smells tropical, like coconut, and adds nice texture to my hair! It's perfect to use before curling my hair to help create the loose beachy waves that I love, but I can also use it alone on damp hair, scrunch my hair with my hands a little bit and be good to go!

mark. Petite Slither Cosmetic Bag
This is the perfect size make up bag to throw in my purse so I have my favorites with me at all times! It's faux leather and excellent quality, plus the inside is a slippery material that can be wiped clean easily in case of any make up residue! It's a very eye-catching little bag to pull out, too!

mark. On The Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact
As much as I love my i-marks for custom color choices, On The Dot Neutral is definitely my go-to eyeshadow compact! They're very pretty with a metallic finish, and I love the range of looks I can create with it! I have to say that I use the middle row shades the most, with the center shade as a base, the left shade to add a little more color, and the darkest shade in the outer edges and crease, all blended out for a pretty and quick eye look!

Go With The Pro Mini Brush Kit
When I am in a hurry, I just use the applicator that comes in the On The Dot compact, but when I have a little more time and want a more polished, blended look, I reach for my mini brush kit. Can't beat the price ($16 for 5 brushes & the case?! score!) and I use the eye shadow brush and concealer brush the most!

Lash All You Want High Volume Mascara in Black
I know I just don't shut up about this mascara, but it's seriously my favorite ever! Before this one, mascara was one of the products I would stray from mark. for, since I wasn't a fan of the previous mark. mascaras. On the NYC trip I won last year, we got this mascara as a gift, before it was available for us to order, and I've been in love ever since! It has the plastic bristles on the brush to coat every lash, and makes my lashes look amazing!

Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in Vibe
I'm not sure what made me give this lip gloss another try, but I'm so glad I did! The first time I used it, I didn't like it.. and I think I must have just been using too much, because now it's my absolute FAVORITE lip look. It's a click top pen style, with a brush attached that the product dispenses through. Goes on glossy, but since it's a lip stain, the color lasts long after the gloss has worn off! Vibe is the shade I always have with me, but I also like Pop when I'm going for a little more toned-down lip.

Please Hold Eye Primer
Another product I talk about all the time - and for good reason! It makes my eyeshadow more vibrant and last longer with no creasing. I apply it with the little concealer brush from the mini brush kit, and love that I can also use it as an under-eye concealer in a pinch.

So those are the products that have kept me sane while we moved! I took a little more time getting ready tonight, to take my kids to an adorable little 4 year old's birthday party at a friend's house, and had fun trying out the new mark. hair care products! Pretty sure they'll be the topic of my next blog post, once I've tried out the rest of them, but for now here's a little peek at the 3 products I used today, and the hairstyle I got with them in under 10 minutes!

Locks In Place Buildable Hold Hairspray
Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist
Curl Time No-Clip Curl Styler

Sorry for bad photo quality, but I loved how my hair turned out!

I'm going to try {again} to get better with blogging more regularly, so I'm making it my goal to try the rest of the new hair care line within the next week, so that I can blog about my reviews! I hope you liked this post, and I'd love to hear your answer to...

...if you were stranded on a deserted island {or new house}, what beauty items would YOU want? Let me know in the comments below!